Category: Community

Bethenny Frankel to Speak at 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

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Community Partners of Dallas will be hosting their 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon on Friday, April 21st at the Hilton Anatole. Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the event with Katy Block, Marybeth Conlon, and Lori Anna Dees serving as underwriting chairs.

Taking great pride in restoring life to abused and neglected children, Community Partners of Dallas has provided support and critical resources to caseworkers at Dallas County Child Protective services. Items such as uniforms, food, hygiene products, and diapers have been provided in the past.

Best-selling author, businesswoman, and reality star Bethenny Frankel has been chosen as the featured speaker to discuss her approach to parenting, relationships, and much more.


Homeless Shelter to Host Graduation Ceremony

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Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 10.45.00 AMThe Dallas LIFE Homeless shelter will honor 25 residents during its semi-annual graduation ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. This year’s class includes several military veterans.

Each graduate has successfully completed a 10-month Homeless No More Recovery Program. The curriculum stresses accountability, and includes lessons in drug and alcohol recovery, anger management, relationship restoration, job readiness, resume preparation, interview skills, money management, as well as personal and spiritual growth.


Wings of Freedom Comes to Love Field

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_DSC6606_editThe Wings of Freedom Tour comes to Dallas Love Field Airport March 22-26. The flying tribute to military pilots, ground crews, maintenance personnel, builders, and their families will include a B-17 Flying Fortress, a “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” Bombers, a P-51 Mustang fighter, and a Vietnam era Huey helicopter.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the planes. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Those wishing to ride in the B-17 or B-24 can do so as well. Fees vary from aircraft to aircraft.

For reservations and more information, call 800-568-8924.


Ronald McDonald House Names Gala Co-Chairs

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Maggie Cooke Kipp and Heather Randall

Maggie Cooke Kipp and Heather Randall

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) named Marianne and Roger Staubach honorary co-chairs for the Under the Moonlight gala, which will be held March 25 at the Westin Dallas Downtown. The event raises funds to support the 1,200 families RMHD hosts throughout the year. These families have children who are receiving treatment for illnesses or injuries at Dallas hospitals.

Maggie Cooke Kipp and Heather Randall will co-chair this year’s festivities. Heather New and Becky Palm will co-chair underwriting, while Jane Rozelle and Rachel Michell will co-chair the live auction.


Bush Library Presents Black History Month Art Exhibit, Gallery Talk

Dallas artist James Kemp will give a gallery talk from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the classroom at the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd. The museum, Feb. 9 to 23, is presenting the exhibit Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective. (Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum) 0
Dallas artist James Kemp will give a gallery talk from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the classroom at the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd. The museum, Feb. 9 to 23, is presenting the exhibit Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective. (Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum)

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a free exhibit featuring works of acclaimed local artists, including Nathan Jones and James Kemp.

Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective runs Feb. 9 to 23 and also includes the works of four art students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts: Taylor Marsh, Andrew Perez, Julie Torres, and Aleah Washington.


Retired General Named Bush Library Director

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Patrick Mordente

Patrick Mordente

Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente will be the new director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced the appointment of Mordente, effective Feb. 6.

The retired general replaces Alan Lowe, who left the library over the summer to become director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL.


DSM Presents an Evening with Bernadette Peters

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Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM)’s 2017 gala, An Evening with Bernadette Peters, is set to celebrate the magic of musical theater.

The party at the Music Hall at Fair Park Nov. 4 will feature an open bar cocktail reception, a silent auction of Broadway memorabilia and a few suprises, and a special performance by Bernadette Peters, a Tony Award winner and renowned Broadway star, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Proceeds from the event support DSM, a nonprofit whose education and community outreach programs bring musical theater to kids through a variety of programs, including the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!, and DSM Community Performance.


Laptops for Refugees

Burma native Sum Pi (left) learns laptop basics with his nephew. (Photo courtesy Alex Laywell, International Rescue Committee) 0
Burma native Sum Pi (left) learns laptop basics with his nephew. (Photo courtesy Alex Laywell, International Rescue Committee)

SMU students recently provided international refugees living in Dallas with computer equipment, with the goal of making the adjustment to life in the U.S. easier.

In November, six students from the university’s Cox School of Business partnered with SMU’s Engaged Learning Fellowship program, which provides grants to fund various research and service projects.

As part of their Project Management class, students teamed with the local office of the global humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) and gave 11 refugee clients laptop computers, free of charge and loaded with Rosetta Stone English-language software, to help the refugees teach themselves English.

The students purchased the refurbished devices and software with grant money awarded to them through the Engaged Learning program.


Got a Story? Come to The Booth

Dalene Buhl tries out the Booth (Courtesy photo). 0
Dalene Buhl tries out the Booth (Courtesy photo).

In Surviving Through Faith, Dallas author Zoltan Zsohar uses 304 pages to describe his family’s escape from Hungary ahead of Russian soldiers at the end of World War II.

For a recent audio recording, he condensed a refugee story steeped in “hope, faith, love, devotion, and determination” to about 25 minutes.

“Normally I speak without notes, but because I have to maximize the use of the time in The Booth, I had notes to be sure I did not ramble and covered everything I wanted to cover,” he said.

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church describes The Booth as a place for people to tell stories of where they have experienced the holy in their lives.